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Random Acts of Kindness

I was raised to believe it is better to give than receive, but this week I had my first encounter with a “Pay it Forward” at a fast food restaurant. I was so surprised that a complete stranger would pay for my coffee and a little upset I could not repay them personally, I drove away and missed my opportunity to “pay it forward” to the person behind me. I felt terrible, especially since I have a very hard time just receiving. A friend helped me realize receiving graciously lets someone else give graciously. So to the person who paid for my coffee, thank you very much.

After that, I was on a mission to spread some joy and it wasn’t long before I had the opportunity.

Standing in a checkout line I noticed the lady in front of me had the most beautiful head of curly gray hair. I told her how much I liked her hair, she was just so sweet, she thanked me and then told me she was blessed she had hair since it all fell out after 3 rounds of chemo. What a gracious lady. We enjoyed a great conversation as we were leaving the store. That day I gave and received at the same time.

 

Giving and receiving is not all about money. It’s not about repaying a kindness just because. It’s a simple, kind, heartfelt action given to another person for the simple pleasure of showing love and kindness. Here are some ways to share some love and kindness with others.

 

  • Send a handwritten thank you note to someone’s kindness.
  • Thank a co-worker or church member for their service.
  • Volunteer to help pick up litter.
  • Hold the door open for a stranger.
  • Run an errand for a friend.
  • Lift others up in prayer.
  • Live in the moment; give someone your undivided attention.
  • Give a plant or flowers to someone for no reason.
  • Give a sincere compliment to a stranger.
  • Check-in on a neighbor.
  • Take fresh baked cookies to the police or fire department.
  • Make a new friend.
  • Fill a candy jar and leave anonymously on a desk or doorstep.
  • Share a hug with someone.
  • Thank a police or firefighter for their service.
  • Choose to be happy and pray during stressful situations.
  • Roll a neighbor’s trash can back for them.
  • Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.
  • Donate your gently used clothing to the needy.
  • Buy something from a child’s fundraiser.
  • Tell a manager how good your experience was at their business.
  • Forgive someone you’ve been holding a grudge against.
  • Pray for others.
  • Invite a friend to worship with you.
  • Invite someone for coffee.
  • Teach someone something new.
  • Donate to a local food bank.
  • Pay it forward at a fast food restaurant.
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…Treat Others As You Would Have Them Treat You … Matthew 7:12